Couture Techniques for a Better Fitting Waistband
In the couture tradition of covering up as much metal as possible, snaps are usually covered with a small piece of lining fabric.
Cut a circle of lining fabric larger than the snap. With an awl, make a small hole in the fabric, and force the snap's ball through it. For easier handling while covering the snap, stitch around the fabric circle's outer edges with a long running stitch and gather it lightly, making a pouch. Then, stitch around the snap's back side-through the fabric only-using small backstitches to tighten the fabric. Next, sew several stitches across the back, sewing only through the fabric. Trim off the tuft of fabric, and flatten the remaining edges with your fingernail. Cover the socket section the same way, but it's not necessary to pierce the fabric first. Snapping the two halves together will create an indentation in the socket's fabric covering. The socket section is a little more slippery than the ball section, and it's easy for it to flip over as you work, so take care as you're sewing. One way to prevent this is to snap the covered-ball section into the socket section while you sew the socket's covering in place. Sew the snap sections to the garment with a doubled thread that is waxed and pressed.
|Cover metal snaps with a piece of lining fabric. Sew a pouch of lining fabric around a snap section, tightening it with stitches.|